The Royal Australian Navy is leveraging the latest Aegis combat system, SM-6 interceptor missiles and its new Hobart-class destroyers to limit its vulnerability to proliferating ballistic and cruise missile threats in the Indo-Pacific region. This has implications for interoperability with allies and deterrence.
A report on the proceedings of The First Sea Lord’s Sea Power Conference 2018, hosted by RUSI. The conference addressed the potential for human-machine combat teaming, implications for force design, disinvestment strategies and people from the year 2035.
China has unilaterally established a national fisheries zone in the international waters of the South China Sea, policed by a newly formed Coastguard. At first glance this seems as an attempt to de-militarise disputes in the region, when in fact it frees up the PLA Navy to pursue their blue water ambitions.
British maritime defence industrial manufacturing capabilities saw a historic transition with the Portsmouth naval yard losing out to Glasgow. This is an important milestone, but it is too simplistic to talk glibly about the resulting strategic shrinkage or the demise of British maritime strength.
Potential exploitation of the energy reserves has transformed the Ryukyu island chain issue into a flashpoint for nationalist sensitivities in Japan and China. In the context of leadership transitions in China and possibly Japan, this could escalate into a significant regional issue.
Taiwan has unveiled a $15-billion indigenous naval shipbuilding plan that seeks to wean the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) off foreign acquisitions and deliver twelve new platform initiatives between 2017 and 2040. Particularly eye-catching amongst these programmes is the idea of an Aegis warship
With an overstretched nuclear supercarrier force, the US Navy’s Wasp- and America-class amphibious assault ships are increasingly being relied on to serve as light expeditionary aircraft carriers. This is a role in which these ships, perhaps unexpectedly, excel